CPS Weekly Update
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
From Middle School Principal Mr. Curtis Miller

How blessed are we as God's people here on earth? Often in the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I go through a personal time of reflection and analyze all that God has blessed me with, but even more importantly I ponder the things that I often forget to be thankful for daily. God has and continues to bless Concordia Preparatory School as a community of believers rooted in God's love focused on developing young servant leaders. God has blessed many outstanding professionals with the gifts and heart to work with young people each day. God has blessed thousands of students over the years with gifts that he will use for His kingdom. If we were asked to list all the blessings we receive, I cannot fathom the length of the list we all would compile detailing the blessings we receive. A verse that reflects these blessings is found in 2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

The second half of this verse can be lost focusing on the blessings, but it is as important as the beginning. We will be able to abound in every good work. During this Christmas season, I pray we all take the time to analyze our blessings and in return abound in every good work. One song that resonates with me when I look at my blessings and ways to help others with my blessings, I come back to a song by Casting Crowns "If We are the Body". The song explains if we are the Body of Christ, what are we doing with the wonderful blessings we have received? This often hits home during the Christmas season as we are showered with presents, surrounded by family, and celebrating Christmas and a new year. Seeing the body of Christ in action is an amazing experience. 

During this Christmas season, I pray God will encourage us all to identify our blessings, to abound in good works, and share our blessings with those around us in need. Concordia Preparatory School is currently holding a Baby Shower for Jesus to collect baby products to be given to the Lutheran Mission Society. These are the hands and feet of Jesus active in our community and supporting those in need. May God bless us all during this Christmas season. May we all enjoy valuable time with family and friends. May God continue to bless us all abundantly so we all may abound in every good work. Merry Christmas!
Christmas Fine Arts Festivals
Please join us as we celebrate the Christmas season with music and fine arts. The choir and bands will be performing and the art students will display their artwork on Thursday, December 7 at 7:15 pm (Upper School) and Tuesday, December 12 at 7:15 pm (Middle School) in the gym.
10th Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest
Yesterday Concordia Prep held the 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud contest organized by English Department Chairperson Mr. Gary Doede. Students Robert Heck, Riley Marzola, Javier Janer-Pacheco, Samantha Connors, Kaitlyn Tian, and Mackenzie Barlow each recited two poems in front of four judges. Robert Heck came in first place, Javier Janer-Pacheco, second place, and Mackenzie Barlow, third place. Many thanks to the judges: Professor Kevin Dungey from Johns Hopkins University, Professor Harvey Lillywhite from Towson University, Ms. Carolyn Williams J.D., and Master Sergeant Joan Mercer U.S. Army Retired.
Sports Highlights
Basketball: Clarence Obiajulu was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Gilman Shootout last weekend. 

Football: The following students and coaches have been selected to play and coach.
  • Will Needum - Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game. Coach Tony Rinaudo and Coach Josh Ward are coaching.
  • Kevin Bartram - Maryland Crab Bowl Senior All-Star Game.
  • James Mickens, Charlie Byers and Nimrod Westcott - Maryland Crab Bowl Junior All-Star Game
Baby Shower For Jesus Collection
From December 1 – 15, CPS is collecting items for a “Baby Shower for Jesus.” When Jesus was born and placed in a manger, there were no baby showers or fancy cribs. To celebrate His coming, the angels sang and the shepherds worshiped the Christ child. We will collect items through December 15 , to be received by The Lutheran Mission Society for their Compassion Centers the following week. Please follow the link for a list of needed items, and donate as generously as you are able. Thank you for sharing your shower of blessings with those in need. Let’s Stuff the LMS Truck with love, prayers, and gifts!

17th Annual Basket Bingo:
Friday, January 19, 2018
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 19 for the 17th Annual Basket Bingo at Tall Cedars, 2501 Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, MD 21234. Doors open at 6 pm, games start at 7 pm. The money raised will go to the Annual Fund. We need people willing to sponsor/buy baskets and to volunteer to be basket fillers! Most of these baskets are not very large and you can fill them with anything you would like!  Here is a link to the baskets to buy/sponsor and a link to ideas for fillers. If you are able to assist in sponsoring/buying a basket and/or filling one, please contact janeponton@concordiaprepschool.org.
OnCampus
Thank you for your patience as we transition the school calendars, news, and sports schedules to OnCampus. The entire school calendar is now posted on OnCampus. All athletic schedules are posted on the school website, under the Parents and Students tab--middle school and upper school teams. All the team schedules are also posted on OnCampus, on the main calendar and also under "Scoreboard" that appears in the bar second from the top.

The Daily Announcements are posted under "Resources" on the top bar. They will be posted each day by early afternoon.

Also, it has come to our attention that not everyone has updated their profile so they may receive notifications. Here are the instructions:
How to get notified there’s an OnCampus message for you:
  • Log in
  • Select the (YourName) icon in the upper-right corner
  • Settings
  • Notifications
  • Add your Email and/or text #
Please contact Jane Ponton or Nate Konkel if you have questions or are having trouble navigating OnCampus.
Enrichments and Electives for Second Semester
Middle School: Enrichments for 2nd Semester—You have until the end of school on Friday, December 15 to request your enrichment classes for 2nd semester. To do this, go to your OnCampus home page, and you will see a Course Requests tab. Click on the Course Requests tab and Electives will show up with a drop down menu. Requests are not guaranteed due to student numbers. Any questions please see Ms. Bainbridge.

Upper School: Electives for 2nd Semester—You have until the end of school on Friday, December 15 to request your electives for 2nd semester. To do this, go to your OnCampus home page, and you will see a Course Requests tab. Click in the Course Requests tab and several departments will show up with the electives dropping down. Study Hall is under Other Electives. This is for electives only, full year classes can not be changed. Requests are not guaranteed due to student numbers. Any questions please see Ms. Bainbridge.

PSAT/NMSQT Scores
Attached is an announcement for parents of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October, grades 10 and 11.  Online Access

Middle School Schedule - December 18-21
Middle School students will dismiss at Noon each day from December 18-21, operating on an altered class schedule. Please note - there is no EDP and no lunch sold on these days. Middle School students who take Upper School level classes will complete Semester Exams per the schedule provided here.

Upper School Exam Schedule - December 18-21
All Upper School students, as well as Middle School students who take upper school level World Language and Geometry classes, will complete Semester One Exams according to the schedule below. Please see the exam schedule for details, inclement weather policies, etc., here. Specific locations will be posted each morning across from the Main Office. Please check each day. There is a Noon Dismissal each day. Lunches are NOT sold on Noon Dismissal days. Christmas Break begins at 12:00 p.m. on December 21, 2017, and school resumes on January 3, 2018.

Broadway Trip: March 21
There are a limited number of seats left for the March 21 trip to Broadway. The one-day trip, which is open to middle school and upper school students, gives students the opportunity to participate in a Step by Step Workshop where they will learn choreography from a cast member of Hamilton and view a production of My Fair Lady. Contact Mrs. Joy Johnson or Ms. Martha Bainbride for more information.

Juniors and Seniors: A Day with an Engineer
This is an opportunity for upperclassmen interested in engineering to spend a day at a local science or engineering firm where you will get involved with hands-on activities such as project brainstorming, project design work, computer-aided design/drafting simulation, and field engineering tasks. The Day is February 21, 2018; however, applications are due no later than January 10. See Mrs. Grill for an application.

Seniors: First Financial Scholarship Program
First Financial Federal Credit Union will make available one, $3000 scholarship to a graduating senior from every area high school. Students must be a member in good standing at First Financial FCU. If not yet a member, visit www.firstfinancial.org for a membership application. Deadline for the Scholarship Packet is February 1, 2018. See Mrs. Grill for a scholarship application.
Important Dates:

Thursday, December 7: Upper School Fine Arts Festival at 7:15 pm

Friday, December 8: Lunch this Friday is Pizza for $1.50 per slice. Supports the football team.

Tuesday, December 12: Middle School Fine Arts Festival at 7:15 pm

Wednesday, December 13: Prospective Family Forum, Middle School Families from 6:30 to 8 pm

Friday, December 15: CPS Christmas Chapel

Monday, December 18 to Thursday, December 21: Midterm Exams. Noon dismissal.

Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 2: School Closed for Christmas Break

Wednesday, January 3: Classes Resume, Blessing of the Rings

On Campus Login:
Please bookmark the link for OnCampus

Lunch Orders
Order lunches from Terri’s Cafe here: 

Yearbooks
2018 Yearbooks are now on sale. Go to  www.Jostensyearbooks.com  to order yours today.

Coca Cola Give Program
Concordia Prep is participating in the Coca Cola Give program.